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American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA)

American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the development and application of medical informatics in the support of patient care, teaching, research and healthcare administration. The AMIA serves as an authoritative body in the field of medical informatics and represents the United States in the informational arena of medical systems and informatics in international forums.[1]


AMIA is the professional home of leading informaticians: clinicians, scientists, researchers, educators, students and other informatics professionals who rely on data to connect people, information, and technology. AMIA (the American Medical Informatics Association) is the center of action for more than 4,000 health care professionals, informatics researchers, and thought-leaders in biomedicine, health care and science. AMIA is an unbiased, authoritative source within the informatics community and the health care industry. AMIA and its members are transforming healthcare through trusted science, education, and practice in biomedical and health informatics.[2]


The History of American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA)[3]
AMIA is a professional scientific association that was formed by the merger of three organizations in 1988: the American Association for Medical Systems and Informatics (AAMSI); the American College of Medical Informatics (ACMI); and the Symposium on Computer Applications in Medical Care (SCAMC). AMIA is the official United States representative to the International Medical Informatics Association. It has grown to more than 5,000 members from 42 countries worldwide. Together, these members represent all basic, applied, and clinical interests in health care information technology. It publishes the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.


American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) Mission[4]

  • Improve health through informatics education, science and practice

AMIA aims to lead the way in transforming health care through trusted science, education, and the practice of informatics. AMIA connects a broad community of professionals and students interested in informatics. AMIA is the bridge for knowledge and collaboration across a continuum, from basic and applied research to the consumer and public health arenas. AMIA actively supports five domains:

    • Translational Bioinformatics
    • Clinical Research Informatics
    • Clinical Informatics
    • Consumer Health Informatics
    • Public Health Informatics

AMIA's program and services are centered around core purposes to:

  • advance the science of informatics
  • promote the education of informatics
  • assure that health information technology is used most effectively to promote health and health care
  • advance the profession of informatics
  • provide services for our members such as networking and opportunities for professional development.


Main Activities of American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA)[5]
AMIA’s 4,000 members advance the use of health information and communications technology in clinical care and clinical research, personal health management, public health/population, and translational science with the ultimate objective of improving health. AMIA members encompass an interdisciplinary and diverse group of individuals and organizations that represent over 65 countries. AMIA will play a pivotal role in the transformation of the US health system and will make measurable contributions to the improvement of health of the nation through continued development and implementation of health information technology. AMIA will be an active participant in the development of global health information policy and technology with particular emphasis on using health information technology to meet the health needs of underserved populations around the world. As part of a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), AMIA is providing informatics education and training to federal, state and local public health workers.


References

  1. What is American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA)? Gartner
  2. Who constitutes the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA)? ISQua
  3. The History of American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) Wikipedia
  4. American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) Mission amia.org
  5. Main Activities of American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) Global Health Workforce Alliance


Further Reading

  • JAMIA: A scholarly journal of informatics in Health and Biomedicine AMIA
  • Policy of the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) on Documents for Circulation, Position Papers and Policy Statements NCBI
  • Strategic planning activities of the American Medical Informatics Association. R A Greenes